I've always liked working with Meyer rigs, but LYON is something special. When the band's pushing hard and I'm going for it, I've still got 30 percent of my headroom still available.”
Scott TkachukFOH Engineer, Godsmack
Godsmack’s U.S. tour marks the debut of the Meyer Sound LYON linear sound reinforcement system recently purchased by Rainbow Production Services of Atkinson, N.H. The touring LYON system is part of Rainbow’s new LEO Family inventory, which also includes 24 LEO-M loudspeakers for long-throw applications.
“I’ve always liked working with Meyer rigs, but LYON is something special,” says Scott Tkachuk, FOH engineer for Godsmack. ” When the band’s pushing hard and I’m going for it, I’ve still got 30 percent of my headroom still available. I also like the way it tracks every move I make on my Midas PRO9 console. When I pull something out in the mix, it’s all right there. It’s a very responsive box.”
Having supplied Meyer Sound systems for every event genre from rock to comedy, Rainbow looked no further when it came time to expand its inventory. “The touring industry is changing rapidly, and the LEO Family gives me the power and the flexibility I need to easily adapt systems to any venue size,” says C. Michael Martell, president and CEO of Rainbow. “The extraordinary power-to-size ratio of the loudspeakers also means we can send out fewer trucks. I am also impressed by how quickly the system comes down and packs out.”
For Martell, a commitment to the LEO Family was a logical progression in the way he has built his business. “When I bought Rainbow ten years ago, I compared Meyer Sound to another manufacturer’s arrays, and the difference was like night and day. I haven’t bought a single loudspeaker from another company. If you have a Ferrari parked in your garage, why would you even consider something less?”
The touring system on the Godsmack tour comprises front hangs of 14-each LYON linear line array loudspeakers, 18 1100‑LFC low-frequency control elements, 20 MICA line array loudspeakers for side hangs, and four JM‑1P loudspeakers for front fill. A Galileo Callisto loudspeaker management system with one Galileo Callisto 616 AES and three Galileo Callisto 616 AES array processors provides system drive and alignment, while 10 MJF-212A stage monitors, four JM-1P loudspeakers, and two 700-HP subwoofers provide onstage foldback.
For Godsmack’s European tour leg, the band will continue with a LEO Family system through arrangements with U.K.-based Major Tom, Ltd.